Joe Chaisson is a Co-founder of Energy Options Network who has led Clean Air Task Force’s (CATF) research and technical work since its founding in 1996 and is widely respected within the NGO community, Congress, EPA and the energy industry for his command of key technical issues in the environmental/energy interface. He has commissioned and supervised millions of dollars of direct technology and policy research during his 35-year career authoring, co-authoring and/or supervising scores of energy and environmental studies and analyses.
Joe works closely with energy technology companies to evaluate and help develop and deploy emerging technologies. He has delivered Congressional hearing testimony on these topics and has made many presentations to senior federal legislative staff and executive branch officials.
Joe conceived of and drove implementation of CATF’s China Project, which focuses on facilitating partnerships between Western and China companies to develop and deploy low-carbon energy technology. This project has resulted in several important partnerships, commitments of more than $3 billion of investment in key China and US pioneer low-carbon energy projects, with more results to come.
Joe has served on several scientific and academic advisory committees like MIT’s Future of Coal report advisory committee and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Geo-engineering, and he regularly advises utility, technology companies, policymakers and foundation officials on key technical and policy issues. From 1987-1996 he was Technical and Research Director at the Conservation Law Foundation’s Energy Project, where he managed development, implementation and evaluation of the first comprehensive electric utility energy conservation programs. From 1973-1980, he worked in several environmental and energy policy areas in Maine state government.